Washington University Men’s Soccer Set to Travel to Loras for NCAA First and Second Rounds
St. Louis, Mo., November 5, 2012 – The Washington University in St. Louis men’s soccer team received an at-large bid to the 2012 NCAA Division III Tournament and will travel to Dubuque, Iowa, for the First and Second Rounds Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 10-11, at Loras College.
Washington University will take on North Park University in the opening round at 11 a.m. Saturday, while College of St. Scholastica will square off against host and No. 4-ranked Loras in the other First-Round matchup at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. The winners of those two contests will play at 1 p.m. Sunday for a chance to advance to the NCAA Sectionals Nov. 16-18, at a site to be determined.
Washington U. finished the regular season with a 10-4-2 record, and in a four-way tie for the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship. It marked the eighth UAA title in school history for the Bears, who also shared the championship in 2011. Washington University will make its 21st NCAA Tournament appearance, including third in a row, and has an all-time record of 28-19-2 in the tournament.
North Park received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament after falling in a penalty-kick shootout to No. 16 Wheaton College (Ill.) in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) championship Saturday. The Vikings finished the regular season with a 12-2-5 record. North Park will make its third-consecutive and fifth overall NCAA Tournament appearance, and has an all-time record of 1-4 in the previous four appearances.
St. Scholastica enters the NCAA Tournament with an 18-4 record, and earned an automatic bid after winning the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) championship. This will mark the second NCAA appearance for the Saints, who lost in the opening round in their first postseason appearance in 2010.
Loras won the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) title to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Duhawks boast a 19-1-1 record, including a 0-0 double-overtime draw Sept. 7 at Washington U. Loras will make its eighth-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, with an all-time record of 13-6-2 in the postseason.
The other three UAA co-champions – Brandeis University, Carnegie Mellon University and Emory University – were also selected to the NCAA Tournament field, along with fifth-place finisher, University of Rochester.